I intentionally wrote it out to be an illegible mess
You wanted me to write you letters, but I'd rather lose your address
And forget that we'd ever met and what did or did not occur
Sitting in the station, it's all a blur
Of dancehall hips, pretentious quips
A boxers, bob and weave

And here's the kicker of this whole shebang
You're in debt and completely fooled
That you can look into the mirror and objectively rank your wounds
Sewing circles are not solely based in trades of cloth
There's spinsters all around here taking notes, reporting on us

As information travels faster in the modern age, in the modern age
As our days are crawling by so slowly
Information travels faster in the modern age, in the modern age
As our days are crawling by so slowly

Information travels faster in the modern age, in the modern age
As our days are crawling by so slowly
Information travels faster in the modern age, in the modern age
As our days are crawling by so slowly


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    It took me several listens to wrap my head around these lyrics. I'm still not sure I've got it, but here goes.

    This song addresses the sense of feeling like you're in a fishbowl after a breakup, when all kinds of 3rd parties gossip and discuss your personal affairs like it was any of their business in the first place. And all the while, you just want to put the whole relationship to rest and not deal with any of the formalities of 'staying friends' or preserving your reputation amongst your ex's circle of friends.

    "you're in debt and completely fooled, that you can look into the mirror and objectively rank your wounds. sewing circles are not solely based in trades of cloth: there's spinsters all around here taking notes, reporting on us."

    This is so heartbreakingly true. Debt is not to be taken literally here. The loss can refer to parting ways with someone you once loved, or even the time invested into the relationship that failed. You think you can objectively evaluate the extent of your losses, but don't even realize that theres a force out there complicating things even further: the "spinsters", or the rumor mill, everyone out there gossiping about your split, taking sides and casting judgement. Information travels so fast sometimes that you're helpless in even defending your own position. And the person with whom you've just split wants to remain friendly, but all you want to do is forget about this whole awful mess and move on.

    bugout429on March 28, 2005   Link
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    helllooooo death cab is amazing.

    ellenon September 06, 2002   Link
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    best drummer in the world after mr danny carey and me

    Jabbatronon September 25, 2002   Link
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    I heard there's a new drummer. His name is Jason McGerr. Sorry.

    Title_Trackon March 26, 2003   Link
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    the beggining sounds like he met a girl but he doesnt really care about seeing her again.

    fish eat steelon April 29, 2004   Link
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    I think this song is after a breakup and she wants to " keep in touch " but he's confused and doesnt really care all that much.

    moseson May 31, 2004   Link
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    This song's about how he breaks up with a girl and how she wants to stay in touch and stay friends and he really doesn't want to even bother trying.

    dancehallhipson June 24, 2004   Link
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    Great ending, too. Just think of all this crap we have now, email, instant messaging, cell phones. It doesn't actually make anything better, just faster...and it makes our lives seem even slower by comparison.

    Gamaon December 24, 2004   Link
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    I love the first two lines. "I intentionally wrote it out to be an illegible mess you wanted me to write you letters, but i'd rather lose your address" It's just amazing.

    carboncopyoriginalon May 16, 2005   Link
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    Interesting interpretation, bugout.

    I think Ben's talking about a girl he met at a party or something and she's all excited about him, but he isn't interested. She blurs with the other girls he met. Even the conversation was just a boxer's bob and weave. To me this song makes more sense after listening to Tiny Vessels and Expo '86. Ben has found another empty relationship and he doesn't want to get involved.

    MamasanScaron September 06, 2005   Link

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